The much-honoured and awarded English pianist John Lill was born in London on 17 March 1944. He studied at the Royal College of Music and with Wilhelm Kempff. At eighteen, he played Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 3, accompanied by an orchestra conducted by Adrian Boult. Shortly afterwards, in 1963, he made his London debut at the Royal Festival Hall, with Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 5.
in 1970 he was joint winner (with Vladimir Krainev) of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition.
Lill has a repertoire of more than seventy concertos and, in a concert career spanning more than fifty years, has played in at least as many different countries. Malcolm Arnold's Fantasy on a Theme of John Field was dedicated to Lill.
A selection of M&V articles about John Lill
Ensemble. Deeply Sensitive - Mike Wheeler listens to the European Union Chamber Orchestra
An Uplifting Concert - Malcolm Miller was at the 20th Intercollegiate Beethoven Piano Competition
CD Spotlight. Handsome Praise - Rachmaninov piano music, heard by Robert Anderson. 'The uncelebrated John Lill is totally in command throughout ...'
Ensemble. Focussed Sound - The Hallé Orchestra plays Schubert, Dvorák and Beethoven, reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Thank You Mama - Bill Newman talks to pianist Igor Tchetuev
Ensemble. Pianistic excellence - John Lill and Prokofiev's Eighth Sonata at sixty, enjoyed by Malcolm Miller
CD Spotlight. Enchanting simplicity - John Lill plays Schumann, and Robert Anderson listens. '... manifold subtleties of touch ...'